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Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers; activists and artists; bus drivers and students; those who love and hate this place—all in 15 minutes a day. It’s a smart and delightful new way to connect with the city we share. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/chicago. 

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Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers; activists and artists; bus drivers and students; those who love and hate this place—all in 15 minutes a day. It’s a smart and delightful new way to connect with the city we share. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/chicago. 

    Chicago Apartment Hunting 101

    Chicago Apartment Hunting 101

    It’s prime moving season, and Chicago’s rental market remains competitive with median rent hovering around $2,000. Earlier this spring, we talked with local real estate broker Andy Svalesen to get some apartment hunting tips.

    Some good news: Karaoke Storytellers on Shoreline Sightseeing

    If you enjoyed today's interview with Revolution Brewing's Founder, Josh Deth, learn more here.
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    Lincoln Park Zoo

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    • 30 min
    Mourning Weekend Shootings, Fighting Gentrification, and More Kayaking Fans

    Mourning Weekend Shootings, Fighting Gentrification, and More Kayaking Fans

    As Chicago mourns following Fourth of July weekend shootings, WTTW’s Joanna Hernandez and Block Club’s Maxwell Evans tell us about the latest. We also discuss two major festivals leaving the South Side, a housing ordinance asking developers to invest in more affordable housing, and what happened at the Community Benefits Agreement summit in Hyde Park. Plus, fun things to look forward to like kayaking with the Shedd, Pitchfork, and Latin Jazz Fest.

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    • 33 min
    Why Everyone Should Go to an Open Mic

    Why Everyone Should Go to an Open Mic

    We often have people in our inbox who want to get involved in the city’s vibrant arts scene. They’ve got this creative urge, but they just don’t know where to start. Our host Jacoby Cochran will be the first to tell you that Chicago’s open mic scene can be a great jumping off point. Whether you’re interested in sharing your poetry, original stories, music, or comedy there is definitely an open mic for you. Musician Sam Thousand co-founded Chibrations, an app that helps Chicagoans find open mics, live jam sessions, and performance opportunities. He gives us the best spots to check out and advice for budding performers and artists.
    Open mics mentioned

    The Ox Jam 

    The Corner Series

    Lyrical Libations


    Respect the Mic 

    Ka’Lab Speaks

    Stomping Grounds Open Stage

    Grown Folks Stories

    Karaoke Storytellers

    The Moth

    Big Kid Show

    Open Beats

    Luya Poetry

    YCA's Wordplay

    Overflow Coffee


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    • 27 min
    Is the Chicago Hot Dog Actually Good?

    Is the Chicago Hot Dog Actually Good?

    The Vienna Beef warehouse made a cameo in “The Bear,” next Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day, and we are entering peak cookout season. So we guess it’s time to finally talk about the Chicago-style hot dog. The City Cast Chicago team breaks down the Chicago dog’s origins, their favorite places to grab one, and if it deserves all the hype.
    Spots mentioned:

    Jim’s Original

    The Wieners Circle

    Maxwell Street Grill

    Dan’s Hot Dogs

    Petey’s Gyros

    XMarket

    The Duck Inn


    Fixin Franks at Home Depot

    Vienna Beef Hall of Fame

    Good News: The North Center Summer Music Series, Hyde Park’s Harper Court Music Series, and Deeply Rooted Summer Dance Intensive in Woodlawn

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    • 30 min
    Another Rainy NASCAR Weekend. Plus, Where to Find a Date in Chicago

    Another Rainy NASCAR Weekend. Plus, Where to Find a Date in Chicago

    NASCAR’s street race was held over the weekend in Grant Park. Between small music crowds, Sunday rain delays, and road reopenings, was this a successful NASCAR weekend? Plus, executive producer Simone Alicea and host Jacoby Cochran talk about festivals this weekend and events for Chicago singles to find love — or at least one date — this summer. 
    Events mentioned:

    Love Isn’t Blind

    Speed Dating at Recess (32 to 44 year olds) 

    Hot Potato Hearts Queer Speed Dating

    Singles Scavenger Hunt

    Date My Friend

    Senior Singles Mixer at Logan Square Farmers Market

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    • 26 min
    Can Families Get Financial Help After Gun Violence?

    Can Families Get Financial Help After Gun Violence?

    Mayor Brandon Johnson recently expanded financial assistance for families impacted by gun violence, including for funeral expenses. Meanwhile, a state program that aims to help families pay for burial costs when a child is killed by gun violence is off to a slow start, helping only two families in its first year. We talk with The Trace reporter Rita Oceguera who explains what families go through when a loved one is killed by a gun, why this money is needed, and how families can apply.

    Some good news: Chicago Public Library

    If you enjoyed today's interview with Ravinia Festival artistic producer Erik Soderstrom, learn more here.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
396 Ratings

396 Ratings

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